When you think about money, it probably doesn’t conjure up horrific visions. Sure, money is the root of all evil, but when you’re holding a $100 bill in your hand, you’re not thinking about an evil Benjamin Franklin. However, the world has plenty of terrifying currencies that can make you feel uneasy. Here are some of the creepiest.
1. 1,000 Swiss Francs Note
Put into circulation in the 1970s, the 1,000 Swiss francs note features the grim reaper and three of his victims on the backside of the bill. The back of the note also has a dropped hourglass in the lower left-hand corner — a subtle reminder that the grim reaper one day comes for us all.
2. Vietnamese or Chinese Hell Money
This type of money actually has no monetary value. In Vietnam and China during the celebration of the New Year known as Tet, locals burn this money as a sacrifice to those who have past. The money is supposed to go to those in the afterlife, allowing them to buy things when they’re in hell or the spiritual world. It might just be the most interesting money that you can’t use to buy things.
3. The American $1 Bill
Ok, so you may not think evil thoughts with a $1 bill in your hand, but if you’re a bit superstitious you may want to stay away from this one. The number 13 is generally considered unlucky in many cultures around the world and the U.S. is no exception.
However, the $1 bill is littered with allusions to the number 13, such as 13 steps on the pyramid, the eagle holding 13 arrows, and so on. However, it’s important to note that the U.S. had 13 original colonies. But maybe, just maybe, the Illuminati is watching you.
4. Serbian 100 Dinar Note
Serbian dinars aren’t widely collected around the globe, especially because a single dinar only nets you about $.008 cents. However, the 100 dinar note in particular is certainly something that’s terrifying — but only to the trained eye.
On the bill, Nikola Tesla is featured with a pigeon. According to legend, a pigeon once flew into Tesla’s bedroom to tell him that he was dying. No one’s sure if this tale is true, but it certainly lends a creepy side to an otherwise inconspicuous note.
Terrifying Currency Is a Great Way To Improve Your Collection
The most valuable coins are obviously the most coveted in the world of coin- and money-collecting. However, adding one of the terrifying currencies mentioned above can give you a more well-rounded collection that hooks buyers and gives you a bit of satisfaction at the same time.
So, if you ever decided to sell some scary currencies or just wheel and deal to improve your collection, make sure you come see us at London Coin Galleries of Newport Beach. ofessional. By avoiding pawn shops and gold stores, you can get the best rate for your collection or trade for fair value. The only thing creepier is missing out on a solid payday.